"BEST IN CLASS"on by bryanwake
Pros Finally a 2.5" LCD screen, 10.1 Megapixels, Decent price for an SLR
Cons Owner's manual could have been a little more detailed
Summary I don't understand why this camera got a strike against it, in the editor's review, by eliminating the monochrome LCD screen and widening the main LCD monitor to 2.5 inches. This is one of the camera's best features. I actually upgraded from last years model (the XT) to the Canon Rebel XTi because of the 2.5" LCD screen.
Another thing I have to mention is the fact that this camera is ALWAYS compared to the Nikon D80, which in my opinion is unfair. The Canon Digital Rebel XTi should be compared to the Nikon D40x. It seems that whenever Canon comes out with a new camera model there's always a Nikon fanatic ready to undermine it without so much as a second look. I don't mean to belittle Nikon, but lets keep the fights in the proper weight class.
I give the Canon Digital Rebel XTi a perfect 10 because:
- Best SLR in class (I think it's only fair to point out that when comparing the Canon Digital Rebel XTi to the Nikon D40x the Rebel far out does the opposition)
- Price (especially online) is an outstanding value
- 2.5-inch LCD monitor
- 0.2 start up time
- 10.1 megapixels (they just keep going up)
- New ergonomic grip (much better feel to it than the XT)
- Self-cleaning sensor unit (Canon has finally acknowledged the dust problem)
"Nice improvements over Digital Rebel XT, but not a replacement for its current users."on by CB Reader
Pros Anti-dust features, improved AF
Cons Small risk of increased noise
Summary The Digital Rebel XTi is a minor update to the XT with several incremental improvements. The 9-point AF and anti-dust features are welcome, but the rest contribute more to marketing or UI than actual convenience or performance. The picture styles and auto-off LCD strike me as a bit gimmicky, the larger LCD is nice but not terribly important, and few people are going to want to shoot 27 JPEGs in a row, although the 10 frame RAW buffer might be useful. If you already have a Digital Rebel XT, keep it. Otherwise, the XTi is an excellent choice.
Pros Size, weight, handling, rear screen, image quality, flash performance, easy menus, RC-1 remote compatability,
Cons One button access to mirror lockup without using menus. But, for the price, no Cons.
Summary The XT was an excellent camera, the XTi is a superb camera. The change to the rear information screen is brilliant and I hope it's something Canon continues with in the 30D series of cameras. For hiking/backpacking/travelling, the XTi has no equal. It is an outstanding 'second body' for serious photographers, although that maybe makes the XTi sound less capable than what it is. I've looked at smaller DSLR cameras for travel purposes, but can't see any reason not to use this one. I'd highly recommend it to anyone. One big advantage over other Canon digital cameras (20D/30D in particular) is when using the RC-1 remote control for mirror lockup landscapes. I have never had any trouble with the new On/Off switch being turned on by mistake and even if it should happen, the camera turns off automatically. The battery life from the tiny rechargeable battery is very good and it recharges very fast, as well. The menus are very simple to use and easy to read even for someone with poor eyesight, like myself.
Pros Light, small and that picture quality
Cons No spot metering
Summary There is one thing people buy DSLRS for - picture quality. To get more you would need to go for the Canon 5D, this camera is better then all the Nikons.
The handling is great and the functionality impressive. Its easy to use as a walkabout camera. For people with huge wrists, they can buy the BF-3 grip.
The Nikon D80 is nicer to hold for folk with big hands and it has spot metering. But its much more expensive and much heavier. in my view most of the admiration for the D80 is support of the underdog.
If you want a small, good value, lightweight DSLR with perfect pic. quality, but one of these. Just junk the kit lens and buy a 17-85IS or something like that
Pros pictures are just as sharp as the Canon D30, decent kit lens, fairly priced
Cons So far nothing...
Summary I have been using point-and-click-type cameras for years and was getting tired of seeing the infamous "red-eye" effect that they have on pictures.
I decided to try my hand in the Canon DSLR world and have not been disappointed. The images that this camera takes are the sharpest I've ever seen. The "red-eye" photos that I have been used to all these years are a thing of the past.
The Canon Rebel XTI is the best camera I have ever owned. I hope to shoot with it for years to come.